Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban: U-M experts available


June 27, 2018
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Richard Primus, professor of law, is an expert in the law, history and theory of the U.S. Constitution and a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He’s available to discuss the Supreme Court ruling.

“This is the end of the judicial road (for travel ban),” he said. “The most important opposition to a shameful government policy needs to come through politics, not litigation. As is generally the case.”

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Evelyn Alsultany is an associate professor of American culture and director of Arab and Muslim American studies. She is the author of “Arabs and Muslims in the Media” and teaches courses on Islamophobia, racism and 9/11.

“The Supreme Court states that the Trump administration has provided a sufficient national security justification to uphold the ban,” she said. “However, the ban continues to vilify all Muslims and reflect an impoverished understanding of terrorism. I agree with Justice Sotomayor’s dissent, that the policy is based on anti-Muslim animus.”


Ann Lin, associate professor of public policy, has studied the most recent federal efforts to reform immigration policies. She can discuss current U.S. immigration law as well as how it compares to other systems, including Australia.

“The decision formalizes what the Trump administration has already been doing—using every bureaucratic tool to prevent qualified visitors, refugees and potential immigrants from coming to the United States,” she said. “America’s greatest international asset is the respect and goodwill that we have earned from the rest of the world for being a generous, welcoming and free country. The president may be legally entitled to squander that goodwill, but he is weakening the country that he pretends to protect.”

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Juan Cole, professor of history and director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, studies the ongoing political change in the Middle East.

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Margo Schlanger, professor of law, is a leading authority on civil rights issues and civil and criminal detention. In 2010-11, she served as the presidentially appointed Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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